All prices are per person, for August and based on double occupancy.
BARILOCHE, ARGENTINA A package including round-trip airfare on Aerolineas from New York to Buenos Aires to Bariloche, transfers, seven nights at Hotel Edelweiss and daily breakfast costs $1,217. Tack on just $110 for a seven-day lift pass. Call Adventures on Skis at (800) 628-9655, or visit www.advonskis.com
LAS LENAS, ARGENTINA A package including round-trip airfare from Buenos Aires to Malarque, transfers, seven nights at the Hotel Escorpio, daily breakfast and a seven-day lift ticket costs $1,581. Roundtrip airfare from the United States costs $600-$800 extra. Call Moguls Ski and Snowboard Tours at (800) 666-4857, or visit www.skimoguls.com
PORTILLO, CHILE A package including round-trip airfare on Lan Chile from Miami to Santiago, transfers, seven nights at Hotel Portillo, four meals daily, a seven-day lift ticket, unlimited use of the pool, gym and yoga classes costs $2,540. Call Adventures on Skis at (800) 628-9655, or visit www.advonskis.com
TERMAS DE CHILLAN, CHILE A package including round-trip airfare from Miami to Santiago on Lan Chile Airlines, seven nights at Gran Hotel Termas de Chillan, daily breakfast and dinner, unlimited use of thermal pools and a seven-day lift ticket costs $2,379. Transfers and round-trip flight from Santiago are included. Call Ski Vacation Planners at (800) 822-6754, or visit www.skivacationplanners.com
VALLE NEVADO, CHILE A package including round-trip airfare from Miami to Santiago on Lan Chile, transfers, seven nights at Hotel Tres Puntas, daily breakfast, apres ski and dinner, and an eight-day lift ticket costs $2,159. Call Ski Vacation Planners at (800) 822-6754, or visit www.skivacationplanners.com
Whether you choose Argentina or Chile, a week-long trip to the slopes of South America is easy. Overnight flights from Miami leave at 10 pm and arrive at about 7 am local time, which means you can be skiing the first afternoon of your vacation.
Flights are routed through the cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago, so be sure to schedule in a day for sightseeing. Then the slopes are just a 45-mile drive or two-hour flight away.
In terms of timing, mid-July through August is your best bet. September conditions resemble North America's spring skiing. Go in June and you might be pushing your luck, because at resorts where snowmaking is limited or absent, conditions can be sketchy.
El Colorado, Chile is 32 miles from Santiago; phone 011-562-246-3344; fax 011-562-206-4078; www.-gochile.cl/Attr_s/htm/cecolorado.htm
La Parva, Chile is 31 miles from Santiago; phone 011-562-264-1466 or 011-562-264-1574; fax: 011-562-264-1575; www.gochile.cl/Attr/htm/ceparva.htm
Portillo, Chile is 95 miles from Santiago; phone (800) 829-5325; fax 011-562-231-7164; www.interknowledge.com/chile/portillo/portski.htm
Termas de Chillan, Chile is 298 miles south of Santiago; phone 011-562-233-1313; fax 011-562-231-5963; www.termaschillan.cl/. www.interknowledge.com/chile/portillo/portski.htm
Valle Nevado, Chile is 39 miles from Santiago; phone 011-562-206-0027; fax 011-562-208-0695; www.vallenevado.com/info/conditions.html
Bariloche, Argentina is 1,000 miles west of Buenos Aires; phone 011-541- 312-2420; fax: 011-549-446-0008; www.altapatagonia.com.ar/
Las Lenas, Argentina is 663 miles west of Buenos Aires; phone (800) 862-7545 or 011-546-277-1100; fax 011-541-313-1300; www.laslenas.com